Due at the end of Week 7 of the course, the Capstone Project is a composite of the assignments produced for the course Weeks 1 through 6 Module Reports and ends with two summary pages describing the student’s top 3 specialty areas of interest at the time of the project submission and identified action steps needed for continued researching of those areas, successful degree completion and post-graduation plans.This capstone work is a compilation of evidence of your learning. You must summarize your information from the past six weeks, not cut and paste from your earlier submitted reports. Your focus should be on how all of this information impacts YOUR interests and plans for your academic future and your final submission should be approximately 12-15 pages.
Required books:Kuther, T. L. and Morgan, R. D. (2012).
Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a changing world (4rd Ed.). Cengage Publishing.
Capstone Project Grading Rubric
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PSY102 Week 7 Capstone Project
Lunceford 1 Week 4 Module Report – Self Assessment Vincent Hilleary Lynn Lunceford PSYC102 D002 Sum 17 Due Date: 02 Oct 17 Lunceford 2 Each year, more than 1.5 million students begin their college degree at a community college. Of these 1.5 million students, nearly 80% say they intend to go on to earn a bachelor’s degree. Yet, only about one-fourth of these students end up transferring to a four-year college, and only about one-third complete their associate degree first. Nevertheless, there are a number of career options for students with an associate degree in psychology. Sometimes, individuals will use their AA/AS degree to gain experience or as a steppingstone to their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. Top job opportunities with an AA/AS psychology degree include some of the below- Human Services Careers: Although some positions may require licenses or certifications, or a higher degree, students with an AA/AS degree in psychology should find a job working as a social service clerk or an assistant in welfare agencies, detention centers, or group homes. Mental Health Careers: AA or AS graduates cannot diagnose illnesses, for instance, but they can find positions in mental health, including mental health technicians in a treatment center, counselor assistant, operator for a crisis hotline, or as a medical record keeper in a medical facility. Business Careers: Employers covet students with an education in psychology. With an AA/AS degree, psychology students can find many opportunities in business, such as jobs in human resources, sales, and customer service. Careers in Education: Many public schools, daycare centers, head start programs, and preschools hire individuals with a psychology background to work with students. Positions include, paraprofessional or teacher’s assistants, or jobs working with special needs students. Other positions for students with an AA or AS degree in psychology include: Psychiatric nursing assistant, youth counselor, case technician, home care aide, and rehabilitation assistant. Lunceford 3 The average wage will vary depending upon geographic location, career field, and opportunity for advancement. According to Pay Scale (Dec. 2015), examples of the average hourly wage by job for individuals with an associate degree in psychology include: Behavioral Health Technician – $14.50 / hr. Pharmacy Technician – $13.35 / hr. Community / Home Health Aiid – $11.00 / hr. Office Manager – $11.98 / hr. Certified Nursing Assistant – $11.07 / hr. Although the most common career goal of most undergraduate psychology students is to become a psychologist or counselor, there are many career paths a student can pursue with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. However, it should be noted that the amount of direct client contact is limited for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Many of the skills student’s learn within a bachelor’s psychology program will open numerous and often unexpected career opportunities, as well as provide training for many other types of jobs outside the field. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that in 2011-2012, there were 1.8 million bachelor’s degrees granted. Of the degrees awarded, six-percent went to psychology students. However, only about one quarter of psychology undergraduates end up working in psychology, or a closely-related field, and nearly three-quarters of psychology students who earn a bachelor’s degree do not go on to pursue a graduate degree in psychology. Many students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology enter the workforce as a specialist or technician in human and social services, or education. A few of the most common job titles in these areas include: Lunceford 4 Case manager Rehabilitation specialist Psychiatric technician Human Resource manager Business administration Top- or mid-level management School Counselor Marketing or advertising manager Laboratory assistant Law enforcement and corrections Career Counselor A bachelor’s degree, along with state certification, can also lead to a career as a high school psychology teacher. Graduates with a master’s degree in psychology have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of sectors. Overall job outlook and the focus or specialty of your master’s degree will help determine the best path for your future. Many grads will choose to conduct research, work directly in the field as a therapist, or work outside the field with business executives, athletes, and attorneys, within the school system, law enforcement, or in public health agencies. Although earning a master’s degree in psychology opens the door to numerous areas of practice, career options are still limited if you are interested in entering the field of professional psychology. However, a terminal master’s program (a type of degree that is designed to prepare students for professional practice within their specialty area) will clear the way to entry-level jobs in fields such as forensic psychology and mental health counseling. Career options and salary vary by geographic location, sector, and specialty. An extensive list of careers, both inside and outside the field of psychology, for individuals with a master’s degree in psychology. Lunceford 5 References: Kuther, T. L. and Morgan, R. D. (2012). Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a changing world (4rd Ed.). Cengage Publishing. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/subjects/what-can-you-do-psychology-degree/ https://careersinpsychology.org/50-best-jobs-psychologists/
PSY102 Week 7 Capstone Project
School of Arts and HumanitiesPSYC102 Professional Careers and Education in Psychology 3 Credit Hours 8 WeeksPrerequisites: None Table of Contents Instructor Information Course Materials Course Description Evaluation Procedures Course Scope Course Outline Course Objectives Policies Course Delivery Method Academic Services Course Description (Catalog) PSYC102 Professional Careers and Education in Psychology (3 hours) This course provides an overview of psychology as a profession and academic discipline. It focuses on the broad discipline of psychology and its subspecialty areas within the discipline, career opportunities available in the field and educational requirements for field entry, effective job and graduate program preparation strategies, and practical issues confronting psychologists and professionals in related occupations. Course Scope This course covers specialty areas, career options, and educational requirements for pursuing careers within the field of psychology. Course Objectives During successful completion of this course students will CO1: Explore the broad discipline and specializations within the applied field of psychology. CO2: Examine career options for graduates with differing levels of academic preparation. CO3: Identify skills and knowledge expected of successful applicants to graduate programs in psychology. CO4: Examine effective strategies for acquiring and evaluating new information within the field of psychology. CO5: Demonstrate skills in correctly using the editorial style of the American Psychological Association. CO6: Prepare an action plan for successful completion of the undergraduate academic major. Course Delivery Method Distance learning enables students to complete academic work in a flexible manner, completely online. Assignments include classroom dialogs accomplished in groups through threaded Forums, examinations and quizzes, and a course paper. Course Materials Required:Kuther, T. L. and Morgan, R. D. (2012). Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a changing world (4rd Ed.). Cengage Publishing.This course uses a VitalSource e-textbook. The VitalSource book is provided via the APUS Bookstore. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/bookstore for more information Evaluation Procedures PSYC102 is divided into modules which guide students through the study of specialty areas within the discipline of psychology and career opportunities and requirements for successful education and field entry preparation. Modules include the following:Module ReportsEach Module Report has 7 parts. Using assigned web resources and textbook readings students completing Module Reports will examine and report on 1) the types of work professionals in specialty areas within the larger field of psychology do, 2) what type and level of education one must achieve to work in those specialty areas and 3) what work settings and average incomes one can expect in related careers. Students will also 4) report, after researching the specialty areas, whether they find them to be career possibilities they are interested in or careers that don’t capture student interest and why, 5) describe the most interesting thing not previously known that they learned about the specialty areas, 6) describe an everyday and real-world human experience related to two pod-casts they select to listen to on the specialty web pages provided in the classroom for each specialty and 7) describe a “Hot Topic that fits with what they know about each specialty area after researching it and how the two are related. A hot topic is a current event or issue currently highlighted in the media that has the public’s current attention. PTSD in military personnel returning from deployments, the debate over whether children should be prescribed psychotropic medications, reliability of eye-witness testimony and the psychological impact of joblessness are examples of hot topics. A minimum of 4 pages is required for the Module Report assignments. Capstone Project:Due at the end of Week 7 of the course, the Capstone Project is a composite of the assignments completed in the course Weeks 1 through 6 Module Reports and ends with 12-15 pages describing the student’s top 3 specialty areas of interest at the time of submission and identified action steps needed for continued researching of those areas, successful degree completion and post-graduation plans. Forums: Six Forums will be completed Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8 of the course. Topical and general instructions for completing them are located under the “Forums” link in the classroom. Participation in Forums is not optional. Forum posts will be graded using the following rubric.Forum Scoring Rubric Points Possible Initial Post Content Initial posts are on-topic, show evidence of engagement with assigned learning materials, demonstrate meaning of the material rather than merely reiterating what a published author or classmate has already stated. 10 Initial Post Format Initial posts are a minimum of 400 words in length, show clarity and good organization of ideas, and use correct spelling and grammar; texting style writing and slang are not used. 10 Reply Posts Reply posts, each a minimum of 200 words in length, are posted in response to a minimum of 2 classmates and are compliant with instructions posted on each forum. Reply posts are accompanied by an Initial post. 5 per reply x 2 = 10 Total: 30 Graded Coursework Summary Assignment Points Possible Percentage of Total Course Points Module Reports (x 6 @ 60pts ea.) 360 51% Forums (x 6 @ 30pts ea.) 180 26% Capstone Project 160 23% Total 700 100% All written assignments must be in the student’s own words, with content based on published materials paraphrased (restated what one reads in one’s own words), source cited and referenced correctly per formatting rules of the American Psychological Association (APA). No more than 2 – 3 short sentences of direct quotes may be included in any writing assignment submissions. These must be placed inside quotation marks and correctly source credited. Failure to properly source credit, regardless of intent, constitutes plagiarism. ANY plagiarism found in any course assignments, including papers and Forums, will result in a score of zero for the first incident and course failure for any subsequent instances. CITATION AND REFERENCE STYLE Assignments completed in a narrative essay or composition format must follow APA guidelines, with the exception of the course Forums which don’t permit double-spacing, bulleting or font variations such as size, bolding, underlining and italicizing. As noted above, this course requires students to use APA citation and reference style rules no older than those found in The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). LATE ASSIGNMENTS Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted deadlines and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. Should additional time to complete an assignment be needed due to unavoidable situations such as a sudden change in work duties or a health emergency, the course instructor must be consulted with before the due date or as soon as reasonably possible after. Submitting assignments late without prior approval will result in significant point reduction and negatively impact the final course grade. Click on this APUS Student Handbook link to access the University undergraduate grading scale. Course Schedule Week 1 Assigned Resources: Development Podcasts – http://www.thepsychfiles.com/category/topics/developmental/Kuther and Morgan (2012) textbook Chapter 11Personality Podcasts – http://www.thepsychfiles.com/category/topics/personality/American Psychological Association Websitehttp://www.apa.org Listen to several podcasts on each of the above Psych Files web pages and select one from each for use in your assignment completion. NOTE: If either of the hot links above doesn’t work, paste http://www.thepsychfiles.com/ into your web browser and use drop-down menu under the Topics tab on the Psych Files website.Assignments: Week 1 Model Report: Human Development and PersonalityWeek 1 Forum Week 2 Assignment Resources: Biopsychology Podcasts – http://www.thepsychfiles.com/category/topics/biological-psychology/Kuther and Morgan (2012) textbook Chapter 7Perception Podcasts – http://www.thepsychfiles.com/category/topics/perception/ Listen to several podcasts on each of the above web pages and select one from each for use in your assignment completion. NOTE: If either of the hot links above doesn’t work, paste http://www.thepsychfiles.com/ into your web browser and use drop-down menu under the Topics tab on the Psych Files website. American Psychological Association Websitehttp://www.apa.org Assignments Week 2 Model Report: Biopsychology and PerceptionWeek 2 ForumWeek 3 Assignment Resources: Learning/Memory Podcasts – http://www.thepsychfiles.com/category/topics/learningmemory/Psychopathology/Disorders Podcasts – http://www.thepsychfiles.com/?s=disordersKuther and Morgan (2012) textbook Chapter 2 American Psychological Association Websitehttp://www.apa.orgListen to several podcasts on each of the above web pages and select one from each for use in your assignment completion. NOTE: If either of the hot links above doesn’t work, paste http://www.thepsychfiles.com/ into your web browser and use drop-down menu under the Topics tab on the Psych Files website. Assignments:Week 3 Model Report: Learning/Memory and Psychopathology/DisordersWeek 3 Forum Week 4 Assignment ResourcesKuther and Morgan (2012) Chapters 1, 12, 13 and 14Bureau of Labor Statistics Websitehttp://www.bls.gov/oco/American Psychological Association Websitehttp://www.apa.org Assignments:Week 4 Module Report: Self-assessment and Education PlanningNo Forum this week Week 5 Assignment Resources Industrial-Organizational Psychology Podcasts – http://www.thepsychfiles.com/category/topics/io-psychology/Kuther and Morgan (2012) Chapter 8Social Psychology Podcasts – http://www.thepsychfiles.com/category/topics/social-psychology/ Kuther and Morgan (2012) Chapter 10American Psychological Association Websitehttp://www.apa.org Listen to several podcasts on each of the above web pages and select one from each for use in your assignment completion. NOTE: If either of the hot links above doesn’t work, paste http://www.thepsychfiles.com/ into your web browser and use drop-down menu under the Topics tab on the Psych Files website. Assignments:Week 5 Module Report: Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Social PsychologyWeek 5 Forum Week 6 Assignment Resources Experimental Psychology Podcasts – http://www.thepsychfiles.com/category/topics/research-and-stats/ Kuther and Morgan (2012) Chapter 9 Forensic Psychology Podcasts – http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2011/07/ep-154-5-reasons-why-casey-anthony-might-be-innocent/ Kuther and Morgan (2012) Chapter 4 American Psychological Association Websitehttp://www.apa.org Listen to several podcasts on each of the above web pages and select one from each for use in your assignment completion. NOTE: If either of the hot links above doesn’t work, paste http://www.thepsychfiles.com/ into your web browser and use drop-down menu under the Topics tab on the Psych Files website. 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